Youth and parent are notified of arraignment date by mail.
A Youth Services Case Worker will conduct final research on each youth prior to their court date. This information is given to the juvenile prosecutor who will make a recommendation to the Municipal Court Judge. Recommendations can include participation in the Juvenile Restitution Program, which can include community service hours (if 13 years of age or older), diversion counseling, and any other request such as attendance at a parenting class, alcohol awareness class, or the Fabian Dominguez Jail Tour.
The youth appears before a Municipal Court judge and will enter a plea: guilty, no-contest, not guilty. With a guilty or no-contest plea, youth is offered Juvenile Restitution if he/she is a first-time offender or is closed probation and is not a threat to the community. If the youth’s record indicates active probation, case can be waived to the county. If probation case is closed, the youth can be offered probation or is fined. If a "not guilty" plea is entered, case will be set for trial at a later date. The judge will set the fine.
When youth has met the conditions of the mandate (completed community service, counseling visits, and any other terms), his case will be forwarded to the presiding judge for dismissal. If youth fails to complete the mandate, case is forwarded to the presiding judge for prosecution. Youth will be responsible for any fines owed to the court.
In addition to community service and diversion, the Court is now mandating attendance for specific classes. Youth cited for Minor in Possession of Alcohol must attend an alcohol awareness course; youth cited for Minor in Possession of Tobacco must attend a smoking awareness course; youth cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia must enroll in a substance abuse course; and youth with repeated violations are usually mandated to attend the Fabian Dominguez Operation Outreach/LLTC Tour which is coordinated by Youth Services.